Saturday, December 3, 2011

"The House of the Rising Sun" over the years

Leadbelly, 1944:

Frijid Pink, 1970:

Old computer equipment, 2011:


Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Cool! Of course there's no disputing what the best version is. From the Wikipedia article:
"Dylan has said he first heard The Animals' version on his car radio and "jumped out of his car seat" because he liked it so much."

More tidbits:
"Alan Price of The Animals has claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel, and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting."

"The arranging credit went only to Alan Price. According to Burdon, this was simply because there was insufficient room to name all five band members on the record label, and Alan Price's name was first alphabetically. However, this meant that only Price received songwriter's royalties for the hit, a fact that has caused bitterness ever since..."

LemmusLemmus said...

The computer version is excellent. Not only because it reminds me of my favourite one.